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Sofy Major: Idolize

I have to hand it to these guys—they've come up with some of the most baffling titles I've seen in a while. What, for example, do they mean by "Bbbbreak" or "UMPKK" (a song in two parts, no less) and "Coffee Hammam?" I'm sure there may be reasonable explanations to all this, but maybe there just aren't any I the end. There are so many bands out there, so many sounds, so many lyrics, so many titles, why not just resist it all by making the titles themselves confusing?

I was equally baffled by some of the lyrics on this album. Half the time I couldn't make any sense of them; for the other half, I was genuinely puzzled by some of the expressions, terms, and ideas. Given that this band is from France, maybe they should perform in French. I would be very curious to know how French would sound when sung to this music.

The music on this album is best described as noiserock, a label the band members themselves embrace. Even though some listeners may worry about the implications of the term "noise," the music here is accessible enough that it should have a slightly broader appeal than this style normally would. I've heard music like this described as angular, a term I don't yet know how to understand in a musical context. All I can assume is that it means that the sound comes from a slightly different mode of attack, kind of like maneuvering a big couch through a small opening. In both cases, the big and the awkward can be made to work with a little extra effort. To me, the effort was mostly rewarding. Even though I wasn't very impressed with the lyrical content of the album, I did find the music engaging and interesting. I was especially with the rhythmic stops and starts of the bass lines. The bass holds so much of this album together—at times its pluck is so hard and loud that it feels like a noisy and irregular heartbeat. I dug it.

All the other elements on this album work together well enough to create an effective blend of metal and noise. Check out the first 3-4 cuts and then go from there. I liked "Steven the Slow" and the aforementioned "Bbbbreak" the best.

Track Listing:
1. Aucune Importance
2. Comment
3. Steven the Slow
4. Bbbbreak
5. UMPKK pt. 1
6. UMPKK pt. 2
7. Slow and Painful
8. Coffee Hammam
9. Seb
10. Platini
11. Frost Forward
12. Power of their Voice
13. Golden Curtain

Added: September 7th 2013
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2001
Language: english

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